Stained Glass Gallery

Real or Fake?

How to spot the difference.

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Real or fake?  How to spot the difference.

I am sure you will have seen windows decorated with what Double glazing firms claim is ‘Stained Glass’. The lead is stuck onto the surface of a single piece of glass, the colour is a plastic film, simply stuck to the glass. In time the lead can peel, the colours are only guaranteed for a certain number of years and will eventually fade.

So what’s the solution?

I have a stained glass window, what can you do for me?

If you already have a Stained Glass Panel in your home, we can remove it, repair and re-lead it if necessary and encapsulate the whole thing into a double glazed unit.. The stained glass is then protected and strengthened by the sealed unit

I would like a new Stained Glass window, how do I go about it?

We can design and make anything from traditional Victorian and Edwardian designs to the more modern or unique designs created just for you.

We draw scaled designs and then we then help you to choose your glass colours and textures.

Next we make the panel using traditional techniques and then have the whole panel encapsulated and sealed into a double glazed unit. You will then have all of the benefits of triple glazing; heat and sound insulation plus the beauty of a traditional Stained Glass window.

The panel looks just like a real traditional stained glass panel, because that's just what it is! It's traditional stained glass it will never fade; the colour is permanent and will last indefinitely.

So how do I spot the difference?

Below are examples of the different materials used to make both traditional stained glass and the type that you will often get from a double glazing manufacturer.

Traditional Lead

As you can see it is 'H' shaped. The glass sits in either side of the heart giving a very real 3D feel to the whole panel.

Stick on lead

This is flat and sticky backed. It lays on top of the coloured film which leaves the whole panel looking flat and lifeless.

Real Glass

A very small sample of the kind of glass used.

As you can see it has lots of texture and some wonderful colours running throughout the glass.

Colour film

Used to imitate glass, it is sticky backed and placed directly onto clear glass and has no real colour or texture.



Other things to look out for.

On a traditional panel where the leads meet you will be able to spot the soldered joint. With the stick on lead you will see that the leads simply overlap.

Look at the glass, has it got interesting bubbles and textures or is it all a uniform with very plain colour?

As you have already seen the traditional lead is an 'H' section; look closely, can you see where the glass sits in the lead?

Stained Glass Centre, Killerby Lane, Cayton,
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3TP

Tel: (01723) 581236 • Fax: (01723) 585146